Friday, June 13, 2008
Papaver somniferum, Opium Poppy, sown at my friend's house... They'll never get enough sun in this location to form proper pods that could be milked... but they sure are pretty!
These daylilies, Hemerocallis fulva, are often thought to be natives, when in fact they were brought over from Europe in the late 19th century as an ornamental. The thick tubers spread rapidly and are edible! We ate them like potatoes and fried up the blossoms as well in herb school... The beautiful bursts of orange line the roads, each bud opening for only one day and then wilting. We have a beautiful patch in front of our house... Maybe ten years ago, when I lived in Fairview NC, I dug up hundreds of these where they were going to be demolished due to road widening construction, and transplanted them to a friend's property. He had just carved a very steep driveway into the side of his mountain property and the daylilies grew in and created a mass that keeps the steep slope from washing out.
This is the bloom of the Castor Bean plant, Ricinus communis, a native of tropical Africa cultivated for the oil found in its leaves... the seed is very poisonous! I just like it because it looks weird and Dr. Seuss-y!